CONCERNS have been raised over the health of fuel-poor households in Cheshire, with high expenditure on heating over the winter pushing many into further financial hardship.

Government figures show 34,388 people in Cheshire are living in fuel poverty, which means they cannot afford to adequately heat their home given their income.

Rural areas are particularly affected, with the average household facing a £600 shortfall.

Malcolm Farrow from OFTEC, which represents the oil heating industry, said: “The cold months are a real struggle for many people across Cheshire and last winter was no exception.

“Fortunately, the worst of the weather is over as we move into spring but the additional money already spent on heating has left many households financially short.

“The levels of fuel poverty in Cheshire are truly shocking and many people will be struggling in silence. Whilst some progress has been made to address these issues, it is still not enough, which is why we are calling for more immediate action to be taken.” Information at